Definition of laughing stock in English:

laughing stock


  • A person subjected to general mockery or ridicule.

    ‘she was the laughing stock of her class’
    • ‘Just 20 years ago, Spain's wines were the laughing stock of Europe.’
    • ‘However, the referendum that they proposed was a laughing stock.’
    • ‘We are the laughing stock of Europe with our ridiculously high prices for everything and our stupid infantile government.’
    • ‘We are the laughing stock of the whole footballing world.’
    • ‘Anyone who had spent a bomb on a just-for-the-occasion dress would have been the laughing stock at the gathering.’
    • ‘‘It makes us look a laughing stock, and encourages deference to the crown,’ he said.’
    • ‘The singles charts really have become a laughing stock.’
    • ‘The dream quickly turned into a nightmare as poor reliability on the track and fierce internal squabbling made the team a laughing stock.’
    • ‘She and her friends are always treated as ‘laughing stocks’ when they travel abroad.’
    • ‘They were looked down upon and became laughing stocks in Chinese history.’
    • ‘Both are totally discredited laughing stocks that add to the variety of political life.’
    • ‘Countries once considered laughing stocks are now financial powerhouses and with that comes opportunities for investors.’
    • ‘This country is going crazy with its political correctness and health and safety issues and it's making a laughing stock out of us.’
    • ‘Believe me, none of my friends are even remotely jealous of these women who have become laughing stocks and the subject of many jokes around town.’
    • ‘We knew we were in for a lashing from the press because to lose to the USA made us the laughing stocks of the game and really it was dismal.’
    • ‘Our system is incredibly outdated - it makes us a laughing stock.’
    • ‘Telling your friend that she can't sing now might save her from becoming the laughing stock on the college cultural meet.’
    • ‘People with hemorrhoids have been stereotyped by the comics or comedians to be laughing stocks.’
    • ‘But how can we help them if they make laughing stocks of themselves?’
    • ‘Your antics have made us the laughing stock of the neighbourhood.’
    figure of fun, object of ridicule, dupe, butt, fool, joke, standing joke, everybody's fool, stooge
    fair game, everybody's target, victim, aunt sally
    exhibition, spectacle
    fall guy
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laughing stock